Thunder and Rain – Start Believing

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Listening to Thunder and Rain’s new album Start Believing reminds me of first hearing the Rankin Family back in the Nineties, their rich harmonies and rock/pop/country sensibility a reward for anyone who cares to listen.  Formed around the nucleus of mandolin player Peter Weber and singer/guitarist Erinn Peet-Lukes, whose formative busking days in Seattle set the ball rolling, a ball that has picked up a little momentum after the duo expanded the band from just the two of them to a rather larger collective, resulting in the current line-up of Weber and Peet-Lukes together with bassist Ian Haegele and dobro player Chris Herbst.  Produced by former band member RP Oates, who also contributes guitar, piano and banjo, Start Believing maintains crystal clear production throughout, with informed musicianship built towards raising Erinn Peet-Lukes’ fine vocals to the fore throughout.  Despite a pretty dreadful cover shot, Erinn apparently surrounded by Kraftwerk on a summer vacation, the songs are thoroughly accomplished, immediately accessible and utterly radio friendly for any truly discerning and feel-good radio station.